Ukraine is already the big favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest in a fortnight with its Kalush Orchestra entry.
Now, another Ukrainian group is reaching out musically to Western allies, teaming up with Ed Sheeran on one song.
Antytila, whose members fought as part of the Ukrainian resistance, releases a track with the singer at the top of the charts. The song, which is released on Monday, is a remix of his 2stepUkrainians contributing a new section, detailing the need to maintain hope during a time of separation from loved ones.
Leader Taras Topolia said The temperature his lyrics were inspired by the estrangement from his family during the conflict. His wife Alyosha, also a popular Ukrainian singer, left the country on the first day of the Russian invasion and is now in the United States with the couple’s three children.
Topolia, who continues to fight and works as a paramedic in and around Kharkiv, recorded her voice on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv, where the video was also filmed.
Proceeds from the video will go to charities supporting Ukrainian refugee children.
The band were asked to participate in the song by Sheeran’s manager, weeks after the singer-songwriter won a suit brought against him for plagiarism in the High Court in London.
Meanwhile, Kalush Orchestra will take the stage in Turin in a fortnight as favorites for victory at Eurovision.
The folk-rap group received special permission from the Ukrainian government to leave the country and tour Europe in preparation for the Competition.
The European Broadcasting Union announced in February its decision to ban Russia from participating in the competition this year, in light of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.